Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Aftermath of Route 40 Romp

I ran Route 40 Romp on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23.  Finishing in the afternoon, Marilyn drove us back to the west coast to Heather and Dave's house.  Heather made us a lovely chili but I was not hungry yet.  I went and took a shower and then to bed at 7:30 pm.  As you might imagine, after not eating for the better part of 36 hours, I became hungry in the middle of the night.  I hate to have to eat in the middle of the night!!!  Anyway, I woke up twice to eat and slept very poorly due to soreness, hunger and extreme exhaustion.  In general, I don't sleep well when I'm really exhausted.

Monday, I awoke stiff and achy as expected, ate some breakfast and went out to run my mile.  Surprisingly, my feet felt great and were not swollen.  My muscles were achy but not as bad as when Paul and I did a "one day conditioning hike" in the Tetons and couldn't walk for four days.  My lungs were the tough part.  They felt constricted.

Marilyn drove us to her house in Cleawater.  From there, I drove the 100 miles home.  Needless to say, by the time I got home, I was hungry and very tired.  No rest for the wicked, I hit the road and went to the accountant's office.  The following day, Tuesday, I worked at Parrot Outreach all day.  I need to stop here and say that my energy was not good.  My mental capabilities were operating at about 50%.  I was taking extra HC but I'm not sure how much.  By Tuesday afternoon, I was no longer sore but I was spent.  I had a little crying break down.

All in all, my soreness was not unreasonable and dissipated rapidly.  My face, hands and feet did not swell as they have in the past after a long, hot event.  My feet had NO BLISTERS and felt pretty good until I took my sneakers off and went into the cold ocean.

I felt generally recovered from the running, staying up all night and not eating by Wednesday.

Taking enough HC has many benefits.  It helped me stay awake through the night, kept me from throwing up, and after the race, the recovery was much, much better than I had expected it to be!


D. Bucknam said...

This may be in an earlier post, but how are you managing the low sleep, med-wise. I'd like to do a big relay, but the no-/little-sleep freaks me out (Addison's diagnosed for 12 years).

Unknown said...


It took me about 10 tries at staying up all night to actually accomplish it. Taking 10 mg of HC/hour during the race made it possible. I thought that I would have terrible side effects (swelling, weight gain, etc) In fact, my recovery was "normal" and I was LESS swollen after. I have some very unattractive pictures of my legs after finishing a 314 mile race with not enough HC on board.

See ya at the forum!